My early morning muse helps me through radiation treatments
Each morning she conquers the effects of my radiation treatments
My early morning muse brings me peace
First, I must coat my throat with spoonfuls of thick, thin cream of rice cereal.
I gulp down 10ml. of oxychodone,
quickly followed by more cream of rice
or rinse with a solution of baking soda and salt, whichever I think is “right” today.
While I wait for the medication to take effect I draw.
I take out my Sennelier oil pastels, my paper, pastels, brush , watercolor crayons, pencils, india ink and a drawing stick.
I count how many pieces of paper I have left.
And most important I start to make a picture, the idea coming from a thought I had in bed before trying out my first swallow.